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New draft rules for subclass 457 visas

Payment of a minimum salary and return travel costs for spouses are some of the draft regulations released by the federal government today for employers of subclass 457 visa workers.

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West Perth
This move is designed to protect local jobs but will have the effect of making outsourcing functions to overseas locations more attractive than developing the workforce in Australia. Bad move, bad timing

Australia
How is DIAC going to determine "Market Rates" when their current Minimum Salary Levels legislation and their published statistics show that an average 457 visa employee receives $73,400. Any more added costs to struggling Australian Employers, particularly in regional areas, will see them close down and look at starting up or joint venturing overseas. Look at what happened to the clothing and car industry in Australia and more manufacturing is headed that way unless the Government treats small business the same way they treat farming, real estate and big business retail with their bail outs.

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